The Haiti Experience (January 2018)

Hey Allmade supporters!

It’s almost that time, and as we finalize this installment of the Allmade Haiti Experience, we would like to thank you for supporting us, and to those who are joining us on this round a special thank you for coming to see first hand what Allmade is about. A few things to help you in preparing your travel: If you haven’t secured your spot yet, and would like to; email us at contact@allmade.com.

  • Please book your flights to match the designated arrival and departure windows.
  • If you would like to bring supplies to donate we have a list of commonly helpful items to bring.
  • A passport is required if you are joining us for the The Haiti Experience.
  • There are medical precautions that all travelers will be advised about once confirmed.
  • Flights are not included in pricing and are self elected.

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Itinerary

Sunday, January 7
Arrive at 9am on 7am flight from Miami to PAP, Ideally everyone gathers in Miami the prior day or flies in on a red eye.

9:00am – Arrival and possible staging at Servotel

11:00am – Visit Claude’s Orphanage; connect with kids and clean up grounds

4:00pm – Settle into accommodations for the week Prep for lunch activity at LIFE on Monday

6:00pm – Dinner and evening activities

 

Monday, January 8
Wake up early and enjoy a refreshing shower before we head out for the day.

8:00am – Following breakfast at Jumecourt, head to LIFE for a tour of the LIFE facility and connect with management and makers

12:00pm – Serve lunch to our team members at LIFE

1:00pm – Visit/tour Caribbean Craft and attend presentation on fashion Industry, Labor & Practices.

4:00pm – Return to Jumecourt for dinner and evening activities

 

Tuesday, January 9
A day of culture; learn about the rich history, its place in the abolition of slavery, the devastating earthquake, the rebuilding and perseverance.

9:00am – Visit the museum of history in Port-Au-Prince

12:00pm – Tour Papillon and enjoy lunch on the rooftop terrace

3:00pm – Visit Kezemel’s Orphanage; connect with kids and grab a bag of ginger cookies

6:00pm – Return to Jumecourt for dinner and Prestige

 

Wednesday, January 10
Bring your hiking boots; we’re going exploring (by foot)

6:00am – Head out of town early for a hike up the mountain. Goal: concur the mountains beyond the mountains “Dye mon, gen mon.”

1:00pm – We made it! Back on the bus for return to town!

5:00pm – Presentation: Environmental Impact of the Fashion industry

7:00pm – Potluck Dinner, Growing Allmade & Next Steps

 


Travel Guide

Arrival

  • When you get to Haiti customs ensure you have the following readily available on your person: Wallet, cash, passport, personal backpack/carryon luggage.
    • I highly recommend taking fresh photos of all your documentation and saving them on your phone in case something happens to your passport or ID!
  • You will receive a green form (immigration) and a white form (customs). Here are details:
  • You will be asked for “Address in Haiti.” Fill that in: “Jumecourt Guest House, Croix des Bouquets”
  • On the white form, there will be nothing to declare.
  • When we de-board, we will all go through immigration. Each person will have to pay $10 for an entry visa.
  • The immigration officer will take the green card, and tear off and give to you the bottom stub on the green card. Put that stub in your passport and hang on to it. You’ll need to give that stub to immigration when you depart.
  • Make sure to keep handy your sticker(s) for all checked bags. We will need the stickers when we exit.
  • For cash bring small bills.
  • After going through immigration, you will go downstairs to the baggage area.  There will be two bag carrousels, and it’ll be obvious which one is active / yours.
  • Attendants working down in that area will ask you (again and again) if you need help.  Just say, “No merci.”  Handle your own bags.  It’s the simplest way.
    • If you don’t see your bag on the carrousel, go to the area next to the carrousel that is roped off.  Airport employees often pull off bags and place them in that area, rather than have them go round and round.  They may be waiting for you there.
  • When all bags are collected, as a group we will head out through customs.  Each person will need his/her (1) white form, and (2) bag sticker for each checked bag.  The attendant will verify that your bag sticker matches your bag.  Then you’ll head out and the customs worker will take your white form.
  • When you go past that customs worker towards the outside of the airport, we will have our attendant there waiting for you with an “Allmade” sign.  Just look for him.  He will take you to our vehicle.

Cell Phone & Internet

  • There is decent cell phone coverage in haiti but it is expensive, ensure you have your international calling turned on by your provider.
  • If you don’t have data (some plans do)When you land I recommend turning OFF your data, this will allow you to receive text messages and phone calls but email/social/slack is all expensive to run when not on internet.
  • We will have internet during our stay and in the afternoons at Life.
  • If your phone has battery issues, bring extra battery packs and chargers with you for remote access.

During Your Stay

  • Home base will be Jumecourt Inn in Croix des Bouquets, Haiti.  Our other home base will be LIFE SA in Tabarre, Haiti.
  • Clothing: It’s going to be hot, bring shorts, light weight jeans, and t’s, also it is pretty dirty there so don’t bring any nice shoes as they will be getting very dirty.
  • Bring a refillable water bottle you can fill with clean water and use throughout the day.
  • Bring mosquito repellant, we will have extra of this as well.
  • We recommend bringing snacks.

Emergency Contacts

  • US Embassy +509 22 29 8000 – U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Phone

Maps (Download and print if needed)

Immunizations

  • Imunisations and pills – http://travelreadymd.com/which-travel-immunizations-do-you-need-for-haiti/
  • Hepatitis A– this nasty viral infection of the liver is often spread thru food or water.  This is strongly recommended for anyone traveling to Haiti. Full immunity requires 2 vaccines 6 months apart.  Don’t worry if you don’t have time to get both doses prior to travel, 90% of people are protected with the first vaccine.
  • Typhoid- is also spread through food and water. You know you don’t want high fevers, belly pain, and diarrhea so get protected.
  • Tdap or Tetanus – This is the tetanus shot with whooping cough built in.
  • Influenza– The Flu Shot
  • Malaria Pills
  • Malaria Prevention – We will have a lot of the repellents available so don’t worry about stocking up too much.

Repellents

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